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We ate dinner at Zeno’s Grille in Clearwater today.  It’s a small restaurant and it looked like only one guy, I’m assuming the owner, working in there today.  Loren got the hot chicken gyro and I ordered a philly cheesesteak.

Loren said his was ok, but mine was incredibly salty.  I guess when I think of philly cheesesteak, oozy, gooey cheesey goodness comes to mind.  This wasn’t that at all.  I’d almost call this more of an Italian beef sandwich.  The cheese was just laid on the bun and then the beef, onions and tomatoes scooped on top of it.  It was ok, flavorwise, but the over abundance of salt made it difficult to eat.  With a drink and fries, the total bill was $14.

Zeno’s Grille
1530 McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL
(727) 216-6752

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value3/5
2.2/5

Remember that PSA from the ’70’s where the little guy sang a song about not drowning your food in “..mayo, salt, ketchup, and goop”?  That’s all I could think about when I got my cheesesteak from Marina’s.  I asked for mayo on it, and boy, did I get mayo.

The cheesesteak was good, but next time, I’m definitely asking for a little mayo.  Loren got an Italian sub.

The subs here are pretty big and very filling.  Both of us could have stopped with just half a sub.  I do like the rolls they use here.  Total bill with a drink was $16.

Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL
813-854-1616

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Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Subs, Tampa
  • Outta Bread


    Friday night around 8pm and we still hadn’t eaten dinner.  Decided to just grab a couple of subs from Jersey Mike’s.  They had a pretty busy day since all they had left was wheat bread and not that much of it.  They had their fingers crossed that it’d be slow in there for the next hour.

    Loren got an Italian sub, Mike’s way.

    He really liked it.  They slice the meats to order and he really likes the oil and vinegar mixture they have.  I got a cheesesteak with onions and mushrooms.

    It was pretty good as well.  They cook it up fresh on the flattop, unlike Subway that just tosses it in the microwave.  I was afraid the wheat bread was going to be tough, but it wasn’t.  It was fresh and fluffy.   They make some good subs here.  For $14, we were satisfied. 

    And yet, I still wanted dessert, so we drove over to TGI Fridays and got a slice of vanilla bean cheesecake.  It didn’t last long enough to get a photo taken.  Well worth the $6. 

    Jersey Mike’s Subs
    3860 Tampa Rd Unit A
    Oldsmar, FL
    (813) 854-6453

    Jersey Mike's Subs on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • We needed a break from turkey, so we headed out to Vetture’s in Palm Harbor for lunch before walking through John Chestnut Park.

    Since we’ve been eating non-stop for the last two days, we decided to split a 12″ cheesesteak sub and an order of fries.

    I like the cheesesteaks here.  The unique thing about them is that they put a little bit of  tomato sauce under the cheese.  It gives it a different flavor and makes the whole thing very moist and gooey.  The roll is lightly toasted so you get a little crunch as well.  The 12″ sub was more than enough for the two of us.  With the fries and a drink, the total bill was $15.

    Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
    36137 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-797-4858

    Vetture's Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    I used to work in Dunedin and when we were all craving cheesesteaks, we’d head over to LaSpada’s.  They’ve since changed their name to Delco’s, but everything else is still the same.  From the tiny dining area where you’re lucky to find a table to paying on your way out and cheesesteaks with ooey gooey goodness.

     

    I get my cheesesteak with mayo, onions and mushrooms.  It comes to the table lava hot and it’s difficult to wait long enough so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth.  But, it’s definitely worth the wait.  The rolls are soft and yummy and the whole thing just brings a smile to my face.

    Loren went for a roast beef sub which was piled high.

    There’s roast beef on the bottom, then all the fixin’s and then more roast beef on top.  Good stuff.  With two drinks, the total was $16.

    Looks like they’re expanding as well.  There used to be a Quiznos in the same shopping center, but I heard someone say they moved out recently and the signage out front is Delco’s now. 

    Delco’s Original Steaks and Hoagies
    1737 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 738-4700

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.6/5
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  • Filed under: American, Dunedin, Subs